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Old 22 November 2014, 04:32   #11
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I did 27 years with tesco and similar to others had decent salary , final salary pension and a company car etc .
I took redundancy five years ago it was a decision that frightened the s**t out of me to make , family and all that . But once I had made it I never looked back . .


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....and by way of comparison, look what's happened to Tesco since you and Sir Terry left!
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Old 22 November 2014, 04:36   #12
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I don't know anything about the boat industry but owning one in derbyshire makes it difficult to get things done on it . I don't know how practical a mobile boat repair business might be .

Mobile engine servicing would work. Problems to overcome would be:

1. How to ensure you don't spill any oil on the customers drive.
2. Noise, the neighbours may not like you starting it up in the street to check it still pumps water
3. Not sure what qualifications are needed to make sure your servicing meets the manufacturers warranty requirements

Lots of boats are kept many miles from the sea and towed, and it's almost impossible to find a local place to service engines. Definitely a market there.
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Old 22 November 2014, 04:53   #13
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....and by way of comparison, look what's happened to Tesco since you and Sir Terry left!

I occasionally allowed myself a smug grin . Although there hasn't been any calls pleading for my return ...
one of the main reasons for stopping with the company was the shares I projected to get , so without any great skill turned out to be the right move


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I've certainly known people who give up work and turn their hobby into a job and loved it. But I've also known people who say it turns their hobby into a chore. Right now you post pictures and a write up from RB2014 and everyone is all "Wow thats great" but think of the grief HMS gets. Are you ready to post something about your venture and some p***d off terwart comes on and starts slagging off whispy's bad workmanship etc. Suddenly things that people said WOW about become not up to scratch because someone else is handing over the gold coins for it. If that happened in normal work you switch it off and chill out on the RiB... ...not so easy when the RIB is the work!

Whats the current day job?
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Old 22 November 2014, 06:26   #16
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I've certainly known people who give up work and turn their hobby into a job and loved it. But I've also known people who say it turns their hobby into a chore. Right now you post pictures and a write up from RB2014 and everyone is all "Wow thats great" but think of the grief HMS gets. Are you ready to post something about your venture and some p***d off terwart comes on and starts slagging off whispy's bad workmanship etc. Suddenly things that people said WOW about become not up to scratch because someone else is handing over the gold coins for it. If that happened in normal work you switch it off and chill out on the RiB... ...not so easy when the RIB is the work!

Whats the current day job?

Did think of buying a pub . But for that very reason didn't . That and becoming an alcoholic


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Old 22 November 2014, 07:47   #17
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Thanks for all your help with this you lot We'll see how things pan out
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Old 22 November 2014, 08:00   #18
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As Neil says, sorry / glad to hear the news, depending on whether this something you wanted.

I guess the real question is whether you want to work for yourself, or not.

If you do, then I'd say key is having a sound vision and practical business plan - it might time to reap the benefits, but you'll have a good foundation.

As long it's just not a man-cave you're after!

Knowing you, whatever you turn your hand to will be a success
good luck with it.
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Old 22 November 2014, 08:23   #19
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There is a chap in Skipton who does mobile marine servicing and seems to do quite well. He takes the call to find out serial numbers, orders the service kits and its job done at your own place. Have heard reasonable things. I think for credibility you would need to be time served and it goes without saying that the job has to be 100%. However there are always downsides. I had a chap once came in for an impeller, but he had not winterised the engine and had stored it upside down. He asked me to take it apart to find out what parts he required. I didn't charge him (friend of a friend). By the time I had finished he needed big and little ends, crank polish, exhaust baffle rotted out, an impeller and powerhead gasket kit. Then he had the nerve to say, "it was running when I brought it in". What happened? Answer - you happened!
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Old 22 November 2014, 09:36   #20
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What do you do currently Alex ?
What are the good and bad points about current line of work - may help point you in a direction of sorts !!!!
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